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Alexander Signature Review

There have been a lot of new mattress companies popping up recently. On this site, I only review the ones that I think have a good chance at sticking around long-term, and I think Nest Bedding is going to be one such company.

SUMMARY

The Alexander Signature Series by Nest is a line of luxury mattresses. The Alexander Signature mattresses—soft, medium and firm in foam and a hybrid version. These four different offerings seek to deliver luxe without requiring big bucks. (See what I did there?!)

All foam or hybrid, Nest put some money into the fabrics, features and materials. They hoped to deliver a comfortable, supportive mattress. Then they paired the product  with the ease of online ordering and getting your mattress delivered direct from the factory to try to give customers the full package.

Because this luxury series of mattresses costs more than other online offerings, Nest knew it had to take a holistic approach to building their business.

The four-mattress Alexander Signature Series is the result.

HIGHLIGHTS

Here are some cool things to consider about the memory foam Alexander Signature mattress and the Alexander Hybrid:

  • Signature mattress come in soft, medium & firm.
  • Hybrid is a medium firm in a combo of foam and coils.
  • Quilted tops on all mattresses. Not everyone does that.
  • Eco-friendly foams on all styles are certified CertiPUR-US certified.
  • Made in the USA.
  • Hybrid has copper-infused foam for cooling.
  • Company makes mattresses that cover a range of prices and styles.
  • Alexander Signature line is the luxury side of Nest.

Quilted Top: An extra touch of luxury instead of the typical flat top of other foam mattresses

FEATURES

Type

The Alexander Signature Mattresses (soft, medium, firm) are foam mattresses.

The Alexander Signature Hybrid has a core of memory foam and innerspring coils.

Cooling

The Alexander Signature mattresses are made of foam, which has a bad reputation for heating up and leaving many sleepers sweating and uncomfortable. Technology has changed that. These mattresses have a breathable fabric cover and cooling gel at the top layers and use a viscous foam for another level. The overall effect is a cooler mattress.

The Alexander Hybrid is made with similar foam materials, with the same cooling effects as the rest in the line, but also has a 7-inch layer of coils. Coils naturally allow good airflow so you won’t overheat.

Firmness

The Alexander Firm mattress is very firm, ultra in industry jargon. This type is good for heavier people (BMI 35-40+) who sleep on their backs or stomachs. The firmness may be too much for side sleepers, who need more contouring for their shoulders or hips. But try a mattress topper in case that helps. You’ll also be OK if you don’t have many curves to your body. Of course if you grew up liking the feel of a very firm mattress, like using a Japanese futon, this would also appeal to your tastes.

The Alexander Medium is exactly what it purports to be—a medium mattress. Many boxed mattresses are on the firm side of medium. The Alexander medium is right in the center of the firmness scale. This mattress appeals to and is good for anyone who is about average weight. If you’re very heavy or very light, you should try the firm or soft versions, respectively. Side and back sleepers might like the Medium. Also, anyone who likes a soft mattress but don’t want to sink through the mattress, may find this one pleasant enough for their tastes.

The Alexander Soft is very soft. It’ll cradle all of your covers, whether you need it to or night. Side or back sleepers with a slim or athletic build could find a lot of like in the soft version. When you’re light, you don’t need the support or firmness as other body types to keep away from undue pressure or keep your spine in alignment. That’s because you’re not exerting as much pressure on the mattress. Also, if you have always slept on a soft mattress, you will probably like this one.

The Alexander Hybrid feels somewhere between the soft and medium levels of the other Alexander mattresses. In other words, it’s a smidge softer than the average medium mattress. Obviously, with the coils inside, the bed itself is bouncier. People who don’t like memory form will appreciate the coil system and side sleepers who don’t want their mattress to be too soft should respond well to the hybrid.

Edge support

If you sleep with a partner and find you have to use the entire surface of your mattress,  you should consider how well the edge of a mattress supports you, whether you’re sitting or sleeping.

Foam mattresses traditionally don’t do as well holding up on the edges are traditional innerspring mattresses. But Alexander Signature line is a new entrant in the online bed sweepstakes. Their technology is new. The Alexander Signature mattresses do support you without making you feel like you’re gonna get pitched over the side. Specific to the hybrid, the coils do enhance edge support even more.

Motion transfer

You don’t want a lot of movement and disturbance on your side of the bed when your significant other or child is getting out or thrashing about on the other side.

Foam mattresses, like the Alexander Signature, and hybrid mattresses, with a combo of foam and coils, like the Alexander hybrid, normally do a good job limiting motion transfer, better than traditional innerspring coil-only mattresses. The same holds true here so long as the bed is suited to your sleep position, firmness taste and body type.

CONSTRUCTION

The 13-inch thickness of the Alexander Signature mattresses have three (firm) or five (soft, medium) different layers, depending on the level of firmness. If you cut the medium version to see the inside, it will look like this:

The fabric cover is a 1/2-inch of cool stretch, quilted fabric. Not all foam mattresses quilt their fabric covers. It’s a nice touch because it keeps materials underneath from shifting and keeps the surface smooth. That also helps air flow through to keep it cool.

The bonus is that the cover is quilted with the first layer, 2.5 inches of gel memory foam to make that first contact with the mattress very soft. Then the gel cools the mattress. The memory foam molds to your body curves, accepting your body an d avoiding the pressure points that cause pain or soreness and shifting throughout the night.

The second layer is a 4-inch layer of gel memory foam that relieves pressure on any body parts that need contouring. The gel infusion draws heat away from bodies. This comfort layer will allow you to sink into the bed before you hit the support layer.

The third layer is a 1-inch Visco Memory Foam. There’s more pressure relief in this layer. You’ll sink further down through this layer, but, at this point, the foam is sturdier so you’re not sinking through the mattress.

The fourth layer transitions you from contouring to support with 1 inch of a firmer poly foam.

The fifth layer forms the base. It is 4 inches of high density poly foam. It acts as the base and support system of the mattress. This layer gives the mattress its shape and makes it durable.

The Alexander Soft has a 1.5 inch quilted cover which sits directly over a comfort layer of 2.5 inches of gel memory foam. Beneath that there is 2 inches of visco foam followed by a 3-inch transition layer of poly foam. The base of the Alexander Signature Soft consists of 4 inches of high density poly foam.

The Alexander Firm is made up of 3 total layers of foam. The base of the Firm mattress is 6 inches of high density poly foam, just like the other two versions. The comfort layer of is 2 inches of gel memory foam, which sits directly over a 3-inch poly foam transition layer. The cover of this mattress version is also quilted with 1.5 inches of foam.

The 12-inch Alexander Signature Hybrid is made up of five different layers.

The first layer is a 1.5-inch memory foam layer infused with gel. It is quilted with soft “thermic phase change” fabric. The two elements work together to keep the bed cool from the top down.

The second layer is a 1.5-inch TitanChil Endurance Foam which adds another cooling layer and support. This layer will do more to mold to your body. It has some give to account from the body parts that may protrude (hips and shoulders for side sleepers, booties for back sleepers, stomachs for stomach sleepers).

The third layer is a 1.5-inch Copper Infused Energex Foam. The copper, one of the most conductive metals on earth, helps dissipate heat from the mattress and your body. The foam is responsive and has some give.

The fourth layer is 1-inch block of a 3-pound density foam called SmartFlow Support Foam. It’s to make sure you feel supported and to enhance the mattress’ durability.

The fifth layer, holding up the rest of the layers, is an 8-inch wedge of Quantum Edge Pocketed Support Coils. Coils always make mattresses breathable. Individually wrapped coils also do a good job of responding to your body movements when you change sleep positions.

COOLING TECHNOLOGY: Layers include Gel Foam and SmartFlow technologies to help keep sleepers cool at night

SPECS

Here is a breakdown of the Alexander Signature and Signature Hybrid mattresses from Nest:

Dimensions

  • Twin: 39″ x 75″
  • Twin XL: 36” x 80”
  • Full: 53” x 75”
  • Queen: 60” x 80”
  • King: 76” x 80”
  • Cal King: 72” x 84”

Weight

Alexander Signature, Queen: 80 pounds

Alexander Sig. Hybrid, Queen: 105 pounds

Thickness

Alexander Signature: 13 inches

Alexander Signature Hybrid: 12 inches

BUYING EXPERIENCE

Trial

You have 100 nights to figure out if one of the Alexander Signature series mattresses fits your needs and expectations. Nest wants you to give it the old college try; that means you have to sleep in it at least 30 days before you can give up and ask for an exchange or refund.

It’s not a weird request. It takes that long to get used to a new mattress. Nest strongly encourages you to call them if you’re still uncomfortable after 30 days. They might make another suggestion, like changing your base or pillow, adding their cooling topper or exchanging for a softer or firmer version of the mattress. Either way, Nest says they’re committed to working with customers to figure it out.

If you do return the mattress, you do get a full refund and the mattress goes to a charity if Nest can arrange it. If not, the company picks it up for free.

Warranty

The Alexander Signature series comes with a hefty 20-year warranty, which covers the mattress sagging more than 1 inch or any splitting seams. The “industry standard” for warranties is 10 years. Nest is betting they’ve built the mattresses so well that they’ll last much longer.

However, keep in mind that the warranty doesn’t necessarily reflect how long a mattress will be comfortable. The mattress will become less comfortable long before it physically starts falling apart, so you should expect to get maybe 10 years of good use out of this mattress.

Delivery & Setup

The Alexander Signature mattresses come compressed in properly sizes packing cartons. Each mattress is custom-built once ordered, which takes 1-3 days. The total time to build, prep and deliver the mattress to you will be some 4-8 business days.

You won’t pay for shipping, unless you live in Hawaii or Alaska.

Once the mattress arrives, grab a buddy and put it on the foundation you’ll be using. Then take it out of its box and plastic wrapper and wait for it to re-inflate. That will take several minutes.

BUILD, PREP, AND DELIVER: 4-8 days from start to delivery

Customer Service

The customer service folk at Nest operate throughout the entire week. I just used the chat feature—you can also call or email—at noon on the West coast on a Saturday. I asked some nit-picky questions about size options and price.

The rep did her best to wade through what I considered a challenging line of questioning. Know that they are willing to put in the effort.

Overall, Nest offers the same customer-pleasing things online customers nearly demand these days (read: free shipping and returns, except if you live in Alaska or Hawaii.)

Price

Alexander Signature Series high $$ to low $$$

Alexander Signature Hybrid high $$ to mid $$$ (See scale below)

SymbolRange
$$0-500
$$$500-1,000
$$$$1,000-2,500
$$$$$2,500 – $5,000
$$$$$$5,000+

Also, you can add additional cooling to any of the signature mattresses with a topper built for that purpose, in the $159 range

And none of the mattresses come with a boxspring. You should use a platform, an existing rigid foundation or an adjustable base. The signature mattress will work the way they’re meant to on any of those surfaces. Nest sells a version of all three.

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CONCLUSION

When searching for the perfect mattress, we try not to get stuck in a dense forest of the same size, color, weight and firmness options. So many try to hit the perfect middle ground — medium firm, 10-inch width, foam. How can you tell one from the other? Why should you try?

Nest breaks up the inertia with the Alexander Signature Series of 13-inch mattresses, with different firmness options and the choice between full foam and a hybrid of foam and coils.

They don’t feel so affordable in the way that some direct-to-consumer, online, boxed mattresses do. But Nest gives you quality in the Alexander Series. You’re paying a little more for that.

The options you get and the quality Nest gives you in all of the Alexander mattresses gives you as much a chance to be satisfied as possible.

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  1. My husband and I had a waterbed for about 25 years. It wore out and we’re trying to find a bed we both like. I am a side sleeper and my husband sleeps on his back. He’s 6’2″, 225 lbs. I’m 5’3″, 175 pounds. We bought a saatva soft and it was too hard and never got comfortable. We are sleeping on the Alexander Signature Soft and love the feel but are waking up with sore backs. Maybe not enough support? Alexander makes a hybrid labeled as “soft”. Is it more supportive but still cloud like? Loving the soft except for the sore back.

    • The Alexander Hybrid Soft is pretty soft. It’s roughly on par with the Alexander Signature Soft. Maybe switching to the Alexander Signature Medium is the best bet?

  2. Dear Mattress Nerd,

    Having a hard time deciding between the Nest Alexander Medium and Loom and Leaf Relaxed Firm. Researching, the L&L seems to get slightly higher grades but it appears it may have slightly less dense foam in the bottom layers. So my concern is it may wear faster and the Nest may be a better value long term. Any thoughts? Love the site and insight you provide.

    Thanks,
    Mike

    • They’re both solid mattresses and I’m an affiliate for both companies. It’s tough to know which one is better for you. When I tried them, the L&L Relaxed Firm felt a little stiffer than the Alexander Medium, but other than that, I don’t think you’d be making a mistake either way you went.

      One thing to keep in mind though is the Nest does the more common thing with direct-to-consumer foam mattresses and ships it in a box. For the Loom and Leaf, you’re paying for delivery, which isn’t refundable if you return it. On the other hand, they set it up for you. So, there’s a tradeoff that way.

      Besides that and the firmness difference, they’re pretty similar and it is not at all a clear choice one way or another. It’s like Coke vs Pepsi in my opinion.

  3. I am struggling between the Nest Alexander Medium and the Loom and Leaf Relaxed Firm — did you prefer one over the other? Thanks!

    • The L&L will be slightly firmer, and they have a delivery charge that isn’t refundable, but otherwise they’re fairly similar. It’s impossible to tell which one you’ll like better. I know it doesn’t help, but I don’t think going either direction would be a bad choice.

  4. I am 140 lbs, side sleeper, back and hip pain, and lots of problems with pressure points waking me up at night (especially my hips). I am really interested in trying the Nest Alexander. Is it best to go for the medium since that is supposed to work for the majority of sleepers? I’ve read a few comments that some people find even the medium to firm for side sleeping and it creates pressure points on their hips and shoulders. I tried a Tempur-Pedic Cloud Luxe and a Cloud Supreme. The Luxe is very comfortable but just not sure I could get used to that much overall body sink. It gives quite a hug. The Cloud Supreme was also comfortable although it could have used a touch more sink for my shoulder than I was getting. Any advice?

  5. Hey Im currently considering buying the Alexander in Medium/ soft or Novosbed Medium/ soft. Im 5’4 140 lbs and a side and back sleeper and my wife 5’1 110lbs side sleeper. We tried the Tempurpedic Cloud supreme breeze and like it. Which matress would you say is closest to to the Tempurpedic? If you have other suggestion am open to it. Also should we go with soft or medium. The only thing I would say I didnt like about the Tempurpedic would be the difficulties in getting out of it. I have a hard time getting up real early at 4am lol.

  6. Hi, I have been stuck between the Alexander Signature Series Medium/Soft vs. the Hybrid. I currently have had the Helix (My side is Medium Soft) and is way too hard. I have had now for a little over 30 days as well and it hasn’t given at all. I have read in numerous post that the soft is not noticeable from the medium soft so that is out.

    I have decided on trying out the Nest Alexander series. Do I go Signature Series or Hybrid, and if I go Signature Series do I go Medium or Soft? My wife and I (in our early 30’s) are combinations sleepers, she is 5’7″ under 130 lbs, and likes her Helix medium side. I am 6’4″ 190 lbs and like a softer “cloud, hotel” feel, but with good support (don’t need back issues). I tend to sleep hot as well.

  7. ” There is no fee for the return, and they do NOT make you do the work to return it. They will find a local charity for you and donate the mattress.”

    I’m sorry, but that is a joke. I had to submit a bunch of photos to show it was in good shape – fair enough. But NY state generally prohibits mattress donations (they make it difficult to comply for health reasons, so no charities outside NYC usually accept them). After some back and forth with Nest I was told to put the mattress on craigslist for free, send them a link to the posting and a picture of the person taking it away, once one did. I declined, of course, for my own safety. Then I was instructed to donate it to a charity (already been through that discussion with them) or dispose of it with proof (a receipt or a photo). I finally contacted my trash hauler, and I have to set the mattress curbside so it can go to the local landfill. It’s a good thing I’m strong and healthy enough to do all the lifting.

    • 1) They didn’t make you pay a fee, and 2) you didn’t have to do the work to return it. Sounds like all you had to do was set it outside. So I don’t think my assessment of the situation is a “joke.”

  8. Hi — I”m also comparing the Loom & Leaf Relaxed Firm to the Alexander Medium. I tend to gravitate to softer, but have lower back and hip issues. Want something that is firm enough to provide support w/o me melting into the bed and causing me to angle funny. I understand the Alexander mattresses to be a bit softer in general. I sleep well in hotels and they are usually medium, I figure anyway. Is the Loom & Leaf like sleeping on a board — I need something balanced and not too firm, not too soft. And while I want memory foam, I don’t want to sink into it like you do Temperpedics.

    • The L&L Relaxed Firm will be firmer than the Alexander Medium. Additionally, if you return the L&L, you don’t get the delivery fee back. So it might be worthwhile trying the Alexander first, and if that’s too soft, or you sink into it too much, switch it out for the L&L after.

  9. Curious about your opinion of the Saatva vs the Alexander. Both seem really good for lower back issues. I have a tempurpedic now and I am ready for a change plus it’s over 10 years old. Thoughts ?

    • They’re very different mattresses. The Saatva is a more traditional innerspring mattress. It has a very old-school construction; it reminds me of some of the “Luxury” mattresses from 15 years ago. The Alexander Signature models are foam mattresses more like Tempurpedic. The Hybrid model is similar to a Tempurpedic Flex.

  10. Thank you for providing all of the reviews, it’s been a great resource. I just ordered the Alexander soft. I’m an athlete, 6′, 150 lbs and side sleep. My wife is 5’3″, 110 lbs. We’re both kinda bony :). We’ve always had spring mattresses and all of the foam we’ve tried has felt too firm. I feel like we made a good choice based on your recommendations. We’re excited to try it. Thanks!

    • Hi Brandon,

      Curious how the Alexander soft worked out. I’m 5′-3″, 110 (side and back sleeper) and I’m debating between the soft or medium with a soft kit. Any feedback? Thanks.

  11. Hi. Thanks for the great reviews. We are small sized couple. In the mattress stores we loved tempura cloud supreme breeze and sealy optimum inspiration plush and optimum elation (both with opticool). Of course these store mattresses are overly priced for our budget. Out of the Leesa and Alexander (med, firm, soft) which one do you think would be better or alike the above two. Thanks!!

  12. Hi thanks for your reviews! I’m debating between Alexander medium, soft, or hybrid. I do prefer a pretty soft mattress but have never had a foam mattress before. I’m 5’5″ and 124lbs. I’m a side sleeping and my lower back kills on a firmer mattress.. I am currently sleeping with my 11 month old son in the bed and hoping the soft won’t be too soft for him. Also, have you tried Dreamfoam?

    • I’d recommend either the soft or the hybrid.

      I haven’t tried the Dreamfoam ones, but they seem pretty decent and fairly generic. I don’t have any strong opinion one way or the other about Dreamfoam. I don’t think they’re quite as good as the ones by Nest judging by the specs, but they’re also a little lower priced, so it’s a wash.

  13. Hi – Thanks for your insight.

    I am 5’10” 185 lbs. and prefer a firmer mattress (stomach and side). My wife, 5’8″ 125 lbs. and prefers a little bit softer, (side mostly) but is open to a firmer mattress. I also prefer to sleep cooler than warmer. Lower back pain every morning has me searching fo a new mattress but getting lost in the many options. I’ve narrowed it to the Alexander.

    We tried Tempurpedic in the store and liked the Contour Elite and Rhapsody Breeze but certainly didn’t like the price tag. Based on these models would you recommend a medium or firm in the Alexander?

    • If you liked the Contour Elite more than the Rhapsody, get the Firm. If you liked the Rhapsody more, get the Medium. If you couldn’t tell the difference either way, you’d probably be happy with either of the Alexanders, though I’d recommend the firm because if it’s too firm, you can always add a topper.

  14. I have the alexander. I guess I always run hot. My old W hotel “heavenly bed” mattress ran hot for me.
    This one runs hot as well :(
    Quite uncomfortable, not sure what to do. I’m just past my 90 days.

    • It’s quite likely that the mattresses don’t run hot, but rather you run hot. The “heavenly bed” mattress is an old-school innerspring mattress with plenty of air flow.

      If it’s uncomfortable, you should exchange or return it. It’s a 100 day policy.

  15. Hi there I’m trying to decide between the Alexander hybrid and the Alexander medium or soft and the loom and leaf I like that the loom and leaf has cooling gel. I’m a side sleeper 5’9 175 my wife is 5’7 135 side and back sleeper she has shoulder and hip pain thanks

    • I haven’t tried the Alexander Hybrid yet, but I’m heading to New York next week to try it and I’ll add it to my review.

      The Loom and Leaf will be MUCH firmer. It’s not even close. I tried the L&L “relaxed firm,” and it was about the same firmness as the Alexander Firm. If you want something “medium or soft,” stay far away from the Loom and Leaf.

  16. Hi, I am wondering what you think about the Alexander Hybrid. From everything I’ve heard the Alexander medium would be a good choice for me and my husband. However, I read in another review on another website that the sides are not very structured and this person felt as if she were slipping off the side. There aren’t any reviews on the Nest website yet so I’m wondering what, if anything you’ve heard about the hybrid.
    Thanks so much.
    -Cindy

  17. Hello! We got the Leesa a few weeks ago, and I still feel it is too firm for me. However, my husband likes it. We are both pretty small people. I’m wondering if we should try the Alexander Medium, the Soft, or possibly get a mattress topper for the Leesa to see if that makes it more comfortable for me. I am a light sleeper, and also notice more motion transfer on the Leesa than I would like. I’ve seen a few reviews saying the Alexander has less motion transfer than the Leesa – do you agree? Thank you so much for your help!

    • If it’s just a little too firm, the Alexander Medium would work, but so would a ~2″ topper. You can price out each and see which makes the most sense for you.

      If the Leesa is way too firm, then the Alexander Soft would be good.

      As for the motion, that makes sense. The Alexander only uses memory foam in the comfort layers, which is better at separating motion than latex (which Leesa uses… well, a synthetic latex anyway, not natural latex).

  18. Thanks for all your awesome reviews. Never thought there was so much to mattress selection despite struggling with sciatica and lower back pain for years! Wifey and I have tried over 5 mattresses over the years (mostly memory foam) but they’ve all gotten hot or sunk in the middle. Just got leesa during thanksgiving sale and while we love the firmness and feel, the middle portion sinks. I am 6′ 3″ 220 stomach sleeper and wife is 5′ 4″ 175 side/stomach sleeper. Do Alexander or Love beds’ firm or medium options sink in the middle? If not, thoughts on which option would best suit us?

    Thanks again!

    • Foam mattresses in general will sink wherever there is weight applied to it, for the most part. The firm version of the Love Bed or Alexander won’t sink as much anywhere (middle or otherwise), but it might end up being too firm because of that.

  19. Hi! I read both the Leesa and Nest Alexander reviews and have a couple questions. We are currently sleeping on the leesa. At first I liked it, and now I keep thinking it’s just too firm. I do sleep great on it (on my side). I can’t sleep on my back on it because it feels to firm on the upper portion of my back. I can’t sleep on my stomach (which is my #1) because my legs don’t touch the mattress. ((like my lower legs don’t sink into the mattress, they kind of stick into the air – if that makes sense)). So someone said I should look into the Alexander. I see on your firmness scale you rate the Leesa at a 3 and the Alexander at a 5. Is that accurate? Do you feel like the Alexander is less firm?
    Body type is a chubby 180 :)

    Thanks for your input!!

  20. I know this sounds horrible but I sleep on a bit of a vintage bedframe and have a traditional spring mattress. However, I tossed out the boxspring and have my mattress on top of large slats of plywood. (Ha!) I assume the Leesa or Alexander would fair just as well on the plywood slats? I don’t want to buy any extra jazz after buying a new mattress. If I sound like a poor college student… I just may be.. Also do you have a Leesa vs. Alexander opinion? I’m just tired of my back hurting!

    • As long as the slats are close enough together, and the plywood is thick enough to hold it, you should be fine.

      Leesa and the Alexander are my two favorites in this area. I generally like the Leesa a little better for myself, because it’s the right firmness, but Leesa only comes in that one firmness, while you have 3 choices with the Alexander. So if you know you like something a little on the softer side, or extra firm, the Alexander is better. If you like something that’s kinda firm, but still gives a bit, the Leesa is better.

      Either way, they’re great mattresses for the price.

  21. Hi, I am 6 foot 230lbs and I am a side sleeper, back sleeper and stomach sometimes sleeper. What do you recommend for a bed for me and I was looking at the Leesa or the Alexander mattresses.

    Kindly
    Tom H

    • Either is good. Leesa and the Alexander are my two favorites in the “direct to consumer” area. Leesa is a little cheaper and slightly firmer, while the Alexander Medium is a little softer and more expensive. So if you’ve generally favored softer beds, go with the Alexander. If you’ve favored them slightly on the firmer side, go with the Leesa. Either way, you’re likely to be happy.

  22. I purchased the Love Bed medium and it is almost, but not quite, perfect. I sleep on my side and still have some pressure at my hips and sometimes shoulders – even though they kindly sent me a topper to put on it. I am considering switching to the Alexander medium. I have used memory foam before and it was fine for a while but then my back would ache from what I took to be lack of support. Any thoughts on this? I am average size – about 5’5″ and height/weight proportional.

    Thank you

    • TRC, I’m wondering what you ultimately decided on. I have had the Love Bed (medium) a few weeks and feel it may be a little to firm. I’m thinking the Alexander Hybrid maybe? Currently waiting for the topper to arrive. I’m 5’2, 180lbs and a side sleeper with some intermittent spine issues.

    • The Alexander is slightly softer than the Love Bed.

      Just because your old memory foam mattress didn’t give you proper support doesn’t mean every memory foam mattress will also not give you proper support.

  23. Also, I’m wanting to get an adjustable bed frame. Do you think the Alexander firm will be too heavy for it? What is the weight of the mattress and would using it with an adjustable frame void the warranty of the mattress? Thx.

  24. Hi. The Alexander medium sounds great for me, but Im concerned if it will sleep hot, since it doesnt have the latex on top. Even sleeping warm will be a turnoff for me, since I’m used to innerspring mattresses. What do you think?

    • It uses a quilted layer so you’re not directly on the foam and it uses a layer of convoluted foam for air circulation in the mattress.

      If you sleep hot now, you will continue to sleep hot on the Alexander. There is no such thing as a mattress that cools you off. If you don’t sleep hot on innersprings, you’re unlikely to sleep hot on the Alexander.

  25. Hi,
    Thank you so much for all the helpful info. I have learned a lot!

    I am having the hardest time finding a king bed for my husband and I. He is 6’5 and 380lbs and I am 5’4 and 165lbs. It seems all the research I have found show he should have a firm and i should have a medium. I worry that one of us will not be comfortable. I can’t afford one of those custom-built beds that tailor each side to weight and height. Could you possibly recommend a couple beds to try out that will be suitable for us and not break the bank? We are both side/back sleepers. My husband will not be trying out beds in the stores, but I will.

    There is a Stearns and Foster I was looking at online–they do not carry here in Bakersfield CA locally.

    Thank you for any suggestions
    Nicole

    • FTC Disclosure: I am an affiliate for Amazon and would be paid a commission if you purchase from the link in this comment.

      I recommend against Stearns and Foster for two reasons. One, they focus on materials that sound luxurious but don’t actually contribute to the comfort of the mattress. Two, they’re what’s called MAP products, meaning they’re not allowed to be sold below a certain price, which makes it tough to get a great deal on them.

      As for a custom bed, luckily there’s a fairly easy solution for you since you want a king. Two Twin XLs put next to each other exactly equal a king size. There is a slight height difference between the firm and the medium, but that shouldn’t be too big of a deal. They can be connected by something called a “bed doubler” strap so they don’t slide apart. Here’s an Amazon link.

      Another solution, which is actually fairly similar, is to get the firm so he has the support he needs, and buy a mattress topper after, either for the whole king (if he complains about the firmness), or just for your half of the mattress.

  26. Thanks for the thorough, and not too technical, review. Very Helpful! Have you tried out and written the “Love” review yet?

    I’ve had some questions for Joe, and he’s been very responsive and helpful with his answers, but i may be stuck in limbo-land between the firm and the medium. I also like the idea of the natural latex, rather than the memory foam under the quilting.

    Thanks again!

    JQ

  27. In general, foam mattresses are just better than innerspring mattresses. Foam mattresses get higher customer satisfaction ratings, and if you haven’t tried a foam mattress, I recommend trying one. If you’ve tried foam mattresses in the past and just can’t get used to them, then Saatva is fine. If you’re a side sleeper, I’d recommend getting the Plush Saatva, since even the luxury firm one is quite firm.

    But, if you’ve never slept on a foam mattress, try one of those before Saatva. There’s a reason most people in the mattress industry end up sleeping on a foam mattress.

  28. Hi. Thanks for your review. I am 240 pounds 6’4″ and of athletic build. I am trying to decide between the Leesa and the Alexander (Medium or Soft). I am predominantly a side sleeper but I occasionally sleep on my stomach. I am leaning towards the Leesa but I am concerned that it will be too firm for me, as I generally prefer a medium to medium soft (not very soft) mattress and it seems like you feel the Alexander medium is slightly softer than the Leesa. So I am curious what you would recommend for a side sleeper? Which do you find to be the most comfortable mattress?

  29. Thanks for the review. On your reviews I have chosen the Alexander and feel more confident with this choice. Now, I am a stomach sleeper with occasional side sleeping. I have tried hard not to sleep on stomach do to the advice of my Chiropractor, but to no avail. I took a sleep test and they said I am better on a firmer mattress but I don’t like anything that feels too hard. I am 5’6 and weight 155 lbs. Which firmness would you recommend?

    I am ordering next month through your link.

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